It seems like every year it’s becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It’s a reminder to me of just how much technology is becoming part of my life. Currently I’m out camping and the Wi-Fi signal is intermittent. My evening walks with my son this week have turned into finding the best place to make a phone call or respond to text messages. I even caught myself today fishing in an area a lot longer than I should have only because it had a great Wi-Fi signal. As much as I wanted to move on to a more productive area, listening to my favorite podcast became more important to me than catching a fish. My week at the lake is just about over. As always, just as I’m beginning to get comfortable, it’s going to be time to head back home. There, I’ll have no problem connecting to the internet. Once home, I predict my son will fall right back into his gaming chair, my daughter will catch up on all her favorite cartoons, my dog will find the coolest spot to lay down in the backyard, and my wife I’m sure will be looking for the first opportunity to get out shopping. I’ll be catching up on all my household chores while at the same time wishing that I could return to campsite 107 with or without a Wi-Fi signal.
This past weekend anglers complained that they couldn’t catch a fish on a top water frog. Frog fishing is like that, sometimes they just hammer the bait without reserve and other times they just bump it. After about two or three bumps and changing color and cadence I usually abandon the frog if I haven’t caught anything. Senko’s, Spinnerbaits, and Sweet Beavers are all catching fish right now. With the weather we have had lately look for shady spots along the bank, or spots closest to deeper water. Fish will either be looking for shade or areas that are close to deep moving water. If you can find shade next to a deep drop your chance of catching a big fish will be increased.
Kokanee fishing is great right now as anglers are finding limits while trolling between 50 and 80 feet deep. Anglers trolling for kokanee are also finding trout between those depths as well. Bass fishing is typical for this time of year. There is a good top water bite in the morning and evening. Once the day warms up anglers are finding them while looking for schools of fish feeding around the various main lake points. Fleming Meadows has the only paved launch ramp available on the lake.
New Melones Lake:
Kokanee catches continue to keep anglers busy as trout fishing has slowed down for the summer. Anglers catching kokanee are fishing the dam area and can be found between 40-50 feet deep. Trout have been biting for those willing to fish through the night. Night fishermen are reporting catches while soaking Power Bait below a submersible light along the main lake channels. Bass fishing is still good for angler fishing Carolina rigged baby brush hogs. Most bass are of the smaller version with a bigger fish mixed in occasionally. Morning and evening top water fish are being caught right now on poppers and spook type lures.
The talk on the lake has been the kokanee fishing lately. Anglers are bringing in some nice sized kokanee while trolling anywhere from 15 to 40 feet deep. Most of the anglers that I talked to were trolling between 20 and 30 feet. As far as lures there were a lot of variations amongst the anglers. Many preferred the hootchies though in pink or purple tipped with corn behind a dodger. Bass fishing continues to be good during the morning while using top water baits. During the day anglers are tossing small jigs or creature baits for easy limits.
On July 17th the 19th Annual Conroy Oakley Pro Teen tournament will be held out of Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island. The purpose of the event is to introduce teens 13 to 19 years old to fishing through a professional style tournament where they will be paired up with a boater for six hours. Currently they are in need of more boaters for the event, boaters fish for free, for more information call (925) 684-9775.